Tuesday, July 12, 2016

End to Violence

Two days after my Insight's Article was published in the Herald Palladium (See "Unthinkable"), violence shattered our usually serene hometown, Saint Joseph, Michigan. This concert was held overlooking the bluff, less than a block away from the Berrien County Courthouse where two bailiffs died yesterday. Our community does not suffer alone. Dallas. St. Louis. Sandy Hook. How do we make sense of such violence?

This morning I listened to a TED talk by David Steindle-Rast, the Catholic Benedictine monk who founded Gratefulness.org. Today is his 90th birthday and the 19th anniversary of my ordination as a Minister of Reunion.

Brother David's words words echo the thoughts in my own heart: "If you are grateful, you are not fearful, and if you are not fearful, you are not violent."